12 Days of ‘Star Wars': The Lawrence Kasdan connection

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fans’ first glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: ‘A sacred experience’.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the most anticipated film since the last unhappy disinterment of the same franchise 16 years ago, opens in Ireland on Thursday and will be filling cinemas here and around the world in the coming days.Overnight she’s become a global star — a gorgeous young British actress who enjoyed a private education at a Home Counties boarding school and up until now thought getting a small part in Casualty on the BBC was hitting the big time. Odeon cinemas said they had sold 60,000 tickets for the 113 midnight screenings, and over 700,000 tickets overall, for the long-awaited film’s opening weekend. For comparison’s sake, those numbers dwarf the conversation that surrounded Back to the Future Day earlier this year: 27 million users generated 45 million interactions about the time-traveling franchise.

At the Imax screening in London, the capital’s biggest midnight showing of the film, Nicholas Ravery, 26, said he had made sure he got tickets to a midnight screening to ensure he avoided spoilers. “I’ve been off Facebook and the internet for three days to make sure this film is a complete surprise,” he said. “I’ve watched Star Wars since I was a kid. The three most discussed characters worldwide are Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, and the five countries most engaged in talking about the movie are the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Singapore.

It was the first movie I ever saw.” Ravery said he was confident that the franchise was in safe hands with director JJ Abrams, and said he couldn’t remember the last time he had been so excited to watch a film. “They were also very smart to hide all the important plot point, which never happens. Yes, inflation has continued since Avatar was released in 2010 but, with 3-D supplements, ticket prices for Avatar were above the average for the time. Whereas now the biggest action film in Hollywood now is centred around a female – and I think it will mean the new generation of Star Wars fans [is] going to be equally male and female.” The rise of China has made almost anything seem possible, but Avatar was one of the films to break that territory, making $200 million of its haul there. It was awful.’ To prepare for the movie Daisy worked out for five hours a day, five days a week, and dropped carbs from her diet, instead favouring ‘fish, legumes and spirulina shakes’.

The school specialises in music, musical theatre and drama and counts Downton stars Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay and X Factor’s Ella Henderson among its most recent alumnae. Under the name ‘Demonchild Daisy’, she posted a picture of herself draped around a man with the words ‘Made in England’ written on her body in lipstick. Daisy has been dating public school-educated actor Charlie Hamblett, who played Mickey Yates in the television mini series Babylon in 2014, for several years. It’s hard to date once you’re a big Star Wars star because you don’t want to give people the ability to say: “I had sex with Princess Leia.”’

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